Saint Louis University

The African American Studies Program will host the latest of its Brown Bag Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in room 218 of McGannon Hall. Heidi Ardizzone, Ph.D., assistant professor of American Studies, will present "A Coincidental Absence: Narratives of Desegregation and Civil Rights at Catholic Universities."


Saint Louis University proudly claims to be the first private school from a former slave-owning state to desegregate. This talk will center on the desegregation of Catholic universities, which took place school-by-school, primarily in the 1940s and 50s in the North and Midwest. Ardizzone considers these desegregation movements in the context of WWII and post-WWII activism, the role of religious ideology and leadership in civil rights movements, and the re-telling and mythologizing of these histories in community and institutional memories.